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INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Stoke, talks momentum and gives injury update

The Manager looks ahead to the weekend's trip to Stoke...

21 October 2022

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Mark Robins looks ahead to Stoke, talks momentum and gives injury update

The Manager looks ahead to the weekend's trip to Stoke...

21 October 2022

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins is enjoying finally having a run of games for his side, as they begin to start building some momentum.

City head into the weekend’s clash with Stoke City off the back of consecutive wins against Cardiff City and Sheffield United.

The Sky Blues have also tightened up at the back, conceding just one goal in the last six fixtures, as they have climbed off the bottom of the Championship.

Robins’ side will travel to the bet365 Stadium tomorrow afternoon, as they look to continue their recent run of form.

 

The upcoming run of games…

“It’s another tough place to go tomorrow, the games are thick and fast as you know and we’re just looking forward to playing, I think that’s the main thing.

“We’ve been starved of the games in the first part of the campaign and now we get a chance to play, event though they come really quickly and we have to recover, but that’s what we’re paid to do.

“We enjoy playing and they’re fighting and playing some really good football along the way and we want to build that momentum and keep going.

“The results have been really good over a period really over last seven games, besides from the Burnley game, which could have gone either way as well.

“They’re tight games and we have to stay in them and make sure we keep doing the same thing and the levels have to be consistent.”

 

Finally building some momentum…

“Look at the structure of the season for us and you can put a lot of things down to that.

“There was absolutely no momentum, no games, nothing was happening, and everyone was playing and getting their momentum, so teams were in advance of us.

“I likened it to pre-season when you play against a Premier League side from a lower league, you’ve always got a chance because it’s different and we were trying to build into a season which was stop start.

“Everyone else had momentum and gaining mentality and we hadn’t been able to get hat together and that’s the biggest factor.

“The main thing is now that they’re fighting for each other and they’re working really hard and we are building into where we’re going to be this season.

“We have to keep doing the same things now and try and build on that and get better and I said before there’s things you can work on always and we will continue to do that.

 

Tight games in the Championship this season…

“We have to take things as we find them, we’re not planning for 1-0, although we will take it, of course we will, but we don’t plan not to score more goals.

“Things are tight in all of the games and you will see sometimes the results are up and down because of how many games teams are playing and you see results and you will be like ‘where’s that come from’ and you can say that’s the Championship this season.

“It’s unprecedented and it’s another unprecedented season and you can see that teams will have an unusual results from time to time and we have to work really hard and continue to do that.

“We’ve playing really well, out of possession really well as well and we’ve been doing some better things with the ball as well. We haven’t been as free flowing as last season, not yet, but things will move forward.”

 

Looking ahead to facing Stoke…

“Changing managers meant that Alex Neil is there, and we played against his Sunderland side at the start of the season, which feels like an age ago now,

“He’s gone in there and Alex is a really good capable manager who has gone in and imposed his own thoughts, ethos, and style on Stoke really quickly.

“They’ve had some good results as well and they will be looking to try and get some momentum.

“They have good players and it’s a really strong squad and they have players coming back from injuries and they have plenty of pace and knowhow in attack and a good mix of players.

“They’ve got Phil Jagielka playing at the back and still playing at 40 which is incredible and he’s a top player.

“It will be a really good game and I’m looking forward to it. There’s 2,700 of our supporters going which is incredible, so it will be a great atmosphere and we’re really looking forward to it like is say.”

 

On Martyn Waghorn and injuries…

“He was euphoric, and I think the celebration got a lot of frustration out that he has built up over time, but he also showed some good quality and it was disappointing he had to come off at that point.

“So, we have to wait and see, we still don’t know if he will be available, we have to wait and see how things settle.”

On Tyler Walker: “Tyler not too far away now, he could be training today as well.”

Giving an update on Callum O’Hare and Liam Kelly: “They’re getting closer. They’ve played some football, but they’ve been out a long time and we have to make sure they’re ready before they do anything else.


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